The Adrian Dominican Sisters have long been engaged, individually and communally, in efforts to protect the integrity of creation and bring about a more just, peaceful and compassionate world. The Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation coordinates these efforts by bringing to light injustices and recommending ways to take action.
Human trafficking is happening in every state across the country. It is a $150 billion industry, according to the International Labor Organization and many view it as an international crisis. Human trafficking is about power, authority, and control. Too often in our culture, the dynamic between those with this power and the people made vulnerable to exploitation (through no fault of their own) is left unabated. That is what this month is about - bringing attention and awareness to a very serious social sin that has become an issue in our country and world. Join the fight to end the evil of modern day slavery that we call human trafficking.
Pope Francis has made the issue of migration a central focus of his papacy. In 2017, he established the Migrants and Refugee Section (M&R) to help him implement his pastoral objectives. Although M&R is under the new Discastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the section on migration and refugees is guided by the Pope.
The Church, with the urging of the Pope, encourages “Catholic faithful and everyone of goodwill to respond personally and communally to the material and spiritual needs of asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, internally displaced persons, and victims of human trafficking.” (Towards The Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees, 2018)
The Dreamers' futures continue to be uncertain and they live in constant fear of deportation. The Dream Act of 2017, H.R. 3440, still remains the ideal legislative solution. In addition, the USA Act of 2018, H. R. 4796, is a bipartisan bill that would protect the Dreamers with a path to citizenship, augments border security with the use of new technology, seeks to address root causes of migration from Central America, and increases staffing resources for immigration courts to carry out their work. (Justice for Immigrants)
Ask your representatives to support HR 4796, the USA Act of 2018, and HR 3440, the DREAM Act of 2017; AND Moving Legislation Forward to a Vote in the House.
Dominican Justice Promoters Invitation to Act
Migration and immigration is one of the priority areas of our Dominican Call to Justice. “Our call is to welcome the stranger, to speak the truth of our own immigrant nation, and to advocate for just immigration policies and practices.”
The current government shutdown in order to finance and build a wall along the southern border is of grave concern. What is the just and humane way to secure our borders and treat those fleeing persecution? This is the question asked in the statement from the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns (below).
End the government shutdown
This is a moral moment in the United States. The government has been partially shutdown for more than twenty days now. People are not receiving paychecks and essential services.
A government shutdown is not the way to solve a political disagreement. As more people are hurt by this impasse, the question at the heart of the matter remains unanswered:
What is the just and humane way to secure our borders and treat those fleeing persecution?
It is not with a border wall. Maryknoll missioners are in Washington, D.C. and on the U.S.-Mexico border. We see three possible solutions to the shutdown but each one could take weeks. And while we hear in the news about the pain the shutdown is causing people around the country, we see four ways it impacts the very people that the shutdown is about – migrants and refugees. Read our analysis here.
Faith in Action: Send a message to your Senators
Click HERE to urge your Senators to support the House legislation and fund the government. Every day the federal government stays closed, hundreds of thousands of people go without pay and vulnerable people in our communities go without essential services.
For the first time in a very long time, many members in Congress are in favor of sensible gun safety laws. Just days after being sworn in to the 116th Congress, H.R. 8 was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill would expand background checks to cover all gun sales.
Kelley Byrdsong believes that if this was the law, her father would still be alive. Watch this video of Kelley telling her story.
IHM Monthly Mobilization to Prevent Gun Violence: #ThisIsOurLane
In November, in response to a position paper released by the American College of Physicians, "Reducing Firearm Injuries and Death in the United States," the National Rifle Association (NRA) tweeted, “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” Health care professionals across the country responded immediately by tweeting their first-hand experiences treating gun violence victims and published an open letter to the NRA declaring #ThisIsOurLane. America's gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis. Health professionals take care of patients suffering from gunshot wounds every single day. They are front and center in caring for the critically injured.
Act in solidarity with the #ThisIsOurLane movement and click here to sign a petition urging the U.S. House of Representatives to take action on the following life-saving items within the first 100 days in session:
1. Immediately provide $50 million in funding to the CDC to study gun violence prevention.
2. Expand background checks to all gun sales.
3. Support extreme risk laws to remove guns from individuals in crisis.
Once you have acted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734-240-9691 to let us know so that we can tally this month’s efforts. Please share this announcement with your family and friends and invite them to join you in acting.
Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) had been launched to help implement the U.S. Bishops’ 2005 Catholic Campaign to End the Use of the Death Penalty.
Catechism Revision: ‘The death penalty inadmissible’
Pope Francis has been a strong voice to end the death penalty wherever it is the law of a nation. In his address to the members of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, Wednesday, October 11, 2017, he said, the death penalty... "is, in itself, contrary to the Gospel" and that it "heavily wounds human dignity."
Pope Francis, in his message to 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty, June 22, 2016, said, “There is no fitting punishment without hope! Punishment for its own sake, without room for hope, is a form of torture, not of punishment.”
Right now in this country, states are still using the death penalty as the ultimate punishment. CMN’s Mercy in Action Project seeks to promote clemency for those facing imminent execution. By joining the Mercy in Action Project you will receive monthly alerts with information on upcoming executions and tools to advocate for clemency in those cases as well as prayerful resources. Learn more about the Mercy in Action Project.
Each day, we invite you to say and reflect on a daily prayer for the vulnerable in our society. The content encourages unity and reconciliation.
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